Recap / Doctor Who S4 E1 "The Smugglers"
Please, you think you can intimidate Hartnell with a knife? This man has crossed swords with crusaders and lived to tell the tale!
The Doctor: You are now travelling through time and space.
Ben: Yes, well, make sure I get back by tea-time!

The one with pirates.

Season four kicks off with another historical tale, this time in 17th century Cornwall as the Doctor and new companions Polly and Ben get involved in a search for hidden treasure, smuggling and kidnap - all the pirate movie staples, but this time in Cornwall instead of the Caribbean.

The Doctor inadvertently hears a rhyme telling the location of the treasure and is kidnapped by the pirates. He escapes, but is eventually forced to tell them the rhyme anyway, and the treasure is found - just as the feared "Revenue Men" turn up with the local militia. In the ensuing fight, most of the pirates are killed and the travellers make their escape.


  • Badass Grandpa: The pirate Gaptooth was played by a septuagenarian actor.
  • Bound and Gagged: Polly and later Ben.
  • Buried Treasure
  • Darker and Edgier: Even by later standards, there's a lot of graphic death in this one.
  • Distressed Dude: Yep, this is the first time the Doctor gets explicitly kidnapped (it's even commented upon many times), but it won't be the last.
  • Eek, a Mouse!!: Polly doesn't mind time travel, or even being locked up on suspicion of murder, but her bravado comes crashing down when she spots a rat in her cell.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The Squire is more than happy to smuggle goods to get rich and avoid paying the taxes on them, but he draws the line at piracy and murder.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: This exchange:
    Captain Pike: "What makes you think I'm the kind of man who likes the company of gentlemen, sir?"
    The Doctor: "Why, your dress, your tastes..."
  • Hook Hand: Captain Pike
  • I Call It "Vera": Cherub's knife 'Tommy Tickler'
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Because she's wearing pants and has her hair tucked into her cap, everyone mistakes Polly for a young boy instead of a woman. She calls herself Paul.
  • Oh, Crap!: Jamaica has been tricked into letting Thete and Kewper overpower him. Then he realizes Pike is going to kill him for his failure.
    Jamaica: Captain! I beg thee! NO! *gasps*
  • Pirate Booty
  • Prophecies Rhyme All the Time
  • Secret Underground Passage: The smugglers use one that leads from a cave on the beach up to the church.
  • You Have Failed Me: The Doctor and Jacob Kewper have played Jamaica, overpowered him, and gotten clean away. Captain Pike very calmly dispatches him.